residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü\

Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such as
a : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests
b : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5
c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein

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Examples of residue in a Sentence

The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Save an avocado pit (without cutting or breaking it) and wash off any residue. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow an Avocado Tree From a Pit," 29 Jan. 2019 After each injection, prison officials sent saline through the IV to flush out any residue and ensure that all the drugs had entered the inmate's system. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Nebraska uses fentanyl for first time in execution," 14 Aug. 2018 In each piece, a panel filled with nails contrasts with a panel filled with the residue of saltwater drops. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Eight ceramic octopus traps? Why Daniel Silva's show at Baert Gallery has us hooked," 23 June 2018 Deputies discovered two fentanyl patches on Chappele, with the residue of other patches still on his body. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Brevard parents arrested for infant's overdose death, deputies say," 25 May 2018 Researchers did not find any gunpowder residue on the jaw, which suggests that if Hitler did shoot himself, it was done through the forehead or the neck, not the mouth. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Hitler’s Teeth Confirm He Died in 1945," 22 May 2018 The four-engine WC-135 is used to fly through airspace to detect the residue of nuclear blasts. Barbara Starr And Zachary Cohen, CNN, "US bombers changed course after North Korea threatened Trump summit," 18 May 2018 The bath doesn’t leave any greasy soap residue or a ring behind, and quietly vanishes down the drain without a trace. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Best and Bubbliest Bubble Bath for When You Feel Like Doing Nothing," 11 Apr. 2018 Lolley also was found with several syringes with heroin residue on his person. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Florida police chase leaves 2 in custody; cops seize drugs, loaded gun and 'sweet puppy'," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of residue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for residue

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain

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residue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of residue

: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed
formal : the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü How to pronounce residue (audio) , -ˌdyü\

Kids Definition of residue

: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost

residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Medical Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule amino acid residues in a protein

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residue

noun
res·​i·​due | \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü How to pronounce residue (audio) \

Legal Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies

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